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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 254
Gots: 274 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06.

black as the dead of night. nice bourbon smell, seemed very similar to the BA speedway we just tried as being bourbon forward and somewhat similar on the nose. others in the group felt that they were drastically different. very sweet, the flavor is really nice and the bourbon seems to blend nicely with the base beer. thick, rich and tastey....kind of what you'd expect from a bourbon stout...great example for a bourbon aged stout.

*** ** * edit * ** ***
2013-01-30 2012 vintage. same look and general vibe, but once again the thing that sticks out is the incredible balance. great chocolate and booze and wood notes all in the right place. just delicious. another vintage, another winner.

cosmicevan, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into my trusted
tulip...

A- Pours a deep rich black with dark brown edges when held up to light. Had a 2 finger mocha head that slowly morphed into a ring. Left stick lacing on the glass.

S- Bourbon and Vanilla dominate the senses. Slight alcohol smell due to the barrel aging.

T- Bourbon, caramel and vanilla sack your palate like it was a QB with no left tackle. Slight alcohol heat but not at all unpleasant. In fact, it was welcomed. Says it was brewed with honey but I don't notice it.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- This is the first brew I've had the pleasure of tasting from FiftyFifty Brewing. I'm definitely going to try more offerings from this brewery after tasting this BadBoy...

Devi0us, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my CCB tulip. Big thanks to wchollif for the opportunity.

A: Black as night, with a very small tan head that retained for the entire glass. Not much lacing, but expected from a Ba brew.

A: Sweet vanilla and chocolate off the bat. It is followed by the delicious notes of the Evan Williams bourbon. Slight notes of caramel and oddly enough, pine.

T: Dark, rich, and roasted malts. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Notes of caramel and earth. This is simply outstanding. Finishes dry a sweet with a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Pretty much spot on here. Creamy, smooth, prefect carbonation. Not slick at all, and that is rather impressive considering the slick nature of these brews.

O: I haven't had the other versions of this brew, but I can't imagine them being much better than this. It's a sipper and a fine one at that. Fantastic! Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as Hell! 1 Finger head with medium dissipation, Poured into a 10oz. goblet (They won't sell it in anything else on tap).

S - Hints of the Evan Williams, a very distinct bourbon smell. But that takes a back seat to the HUGE toffee, chocolate, almost brownie like scent.

T/M - Taste is of thick, chewy chocolate and finishes with a bourbony oak, almost a hint of dark cherries.

Overall - When cold its a chocolate bomb, when warmed up the bourbon shows its teeth and bites in! A top tier bourbon barrel though its NOT a bourbon bomb, Very, very similar to Parablola (But waaay better!)

PP (Price Point) - $7.99 for a 10oz. goblet in June of 2011, considering with came out in December 2010, this is well worth it, wish I lived closer to the brewery so I could enjoy it more often!

alexhahn82, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store. 2010 Evan Williams. Pours a black that is brownish at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan-chocolaty color head sticks around for a while and leaves a ring around the edge and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is cocoa, vanilla, some roasted notes, as well as some light bourbon. The taste very much follows the nose. Initial taste is cocoa, going into the vanilla and bourbon as well as some roastiness. The finish is some darker chocolate with a medium bitterness. There is quite a bit of char on the finish that isn't very pleasant. Light bodied for an imperial stout with relatively low carbonation. I found this to be the worst out of the 2010 Eclipses. I know there is supposed to be some variation so maybe I got lucky with the other bottles I opened.

jethrodium, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to CoastieSimon for the share, and to hopsbreath for sending it to him in the first place. This beer is the stunner of a pretty damn good tasting. It pours an inky, oily black hue and is capped with a wispy mocha head. The nose instantly betrays this as a world-class brew. The aroma offers exceptionally decadent notes of fudge, toasted coconut, toffee, caramel, vanilla, buttery oak, cafe mocha and 1000% pure deliciousness. The taste adds an additional layer of decadence, with boozy notes of maple and burnt sugar richly evident. The feel is absolutely silky-smooth, and is completely enhancing. This is just about as good as a beer gets.

ktrillionaire, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle #1181 was poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. From notes

A - Black with brown edging. It looks to be a bit thin, not that really slow outpour like some of the really heavy stouts (i.e. Rogue XS). Mocha brown head, minor lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, lactose, vanilla, oak and the bourbon, very nice.

T - Very well balanced between the bourbon and the base beer. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of charcoal. Delicious

M - This is probably one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. It was like drinking silk. Incredibly well balanced, not hot and the bourbon was delicious.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, thought it was great. I am looking forward to trying the other variations and see how the different barrel treatments affect the end taste. Delicious beer!

OakedCanuck, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a big thick chocolate brown head atop an impenetrable body. Exhibits a lighter viscosity in the body that, as I suspected, analogously translates to the mouthfeel.

Aromas of biscuit, graham cracker, bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough, and a feint hint of raspberries as well as oak. A pleasant-smelling bouquet, though mild in intensity. Certain *whiffs* yield some sharp heat as well.

Complex flavors ranging from molasses to sticky-icky honey, with a powerful bitter roast on the finish and the spirit of Evan Williams manifesting throughout, soaking the cookie dough known as my tongue.

Mouthfeel, not surprisingly, is thinner than I would like but understandable considering the nature of the bourbon it's aged in.

Overall, there are moments where I don't know if I am drinking a stout infused with bourbon flavor, or a bourbon infused with stout flavor (the latter impression comes on the heals of having sipped 75% of the bottle on my own, so take that for what it's worth).

All this said, what this is is delicious, and I am definitely impressed, considering honey as a flavor isn't among my top favorites. And it should have been shared, as one per sitting is about all I'd like to withstand.

jminsc76, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2010
Black, a soft brown lasting cap lasts. Very good lacing. Inviting.

Milk chocolate, dairy, vanilla, caramel in the background, so far so good.

Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla. The smooth mouthfeel works harmoniously with the desserty flavors. Great beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth as butter. Not a lot of bitterness/bourbon/heat coming through.

This beer reminded me of Goose Island. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Bravo.

ptykozoon, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2018. Pours an almost midnight black with a faint espresso hue at the edges, with a thin mocha cap that quickly recedes and leaves very light lacing though the head is revived easily with aquick swirl of my duvel tulip. The nose hits you with bourbon soaked alcohol esters, booze soaked plums, dusty, earthy barrel, slight stale coffee. Taste brings rich caramel, fig, soaked dates, spicy full bodied bourbon barrel with a sprinkling of cinnamon and vanilla and a hint of molasses. The taste really saves this beer at least for me compared to the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel with the oaky tannins cleaning up after the booze and sweetness though it does finish a bit thin. Iwould love to rate this all 5's as im sitting on a lot of bottles but i cannot tell a lie. I honestly would take a kbs in quality and price over this any day - tough standards i know but for 25.99 per bottle it should have been mind blowing.

Trilogy31, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage
Poured in to Stone snifter

Color: Black at the core but if held to the light hints of a dark brown appear around the top ring of this beer. It forms a nice dark tan head, about 1 1/2 fingers worth. Light lacing left behind on the glass.

Nose: Warm bourbon flavors hit the nasal passages: vanilla, molasses, and hints of caramel. Also present are scents of honey, coffee, charred oak, and roasted malts.

Palate: Full bodied with decent carbonation. It drinks warm, so it can use a bit of aging. Here the bourbon coats the mouth and later its soothed by chocolate and honey. The beers hop profile makes a show here but not totally noticeable.

Finish: Warm, long, and complex. Much like bourbon, this beer can use some time in the cellar before it reaches it max potential

schmoopsbeer, May 25, 2011
Photo of Kelton
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle.

Pours with little to no head. Vanilla, Oak & Roasty nose. A very good looking pitch black stout.

Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I expected, but taste overwhelms any negative aspect of a light body.

Wow, this is tasty. Nice slight barrel notes. Better than the EC version I had recently.

Dare I say it's worth the price point. No, but worth a shot if you split the bottle cost with a buddy!

Kelton, May 24, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, this is the 2010 edition, bottle number 2390. Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black, like...an eclipse. Huh. A fluffy one-finger head of cocoa powder remains as thin, silky top layer.

Super sweet and fruity nose. Dark cherries, toasted coconut, molasses, maple, vanilla. Hot damn, this is delicious.

I don’t know how the brewers at FiftyFifty managed to pull such magnificent flavors out of such sub-par bourbon, but this is exquisite. Again with the dark cherries, but there’s also toasted coconut, toffee, vanilla and molasses. It’s super sweet, but smoothly integrated as well, and I pick up zero alcohol.

The velvety medium body is just so smooth, with super-light carbonation. Some alcohol comes through the nose and is noticeable in throat and mouth as well, but it’s not too off-putting.

This one really reminds of Firestone 14, with its dark cherry sweetness, and the fact that this is the result of aging in a single barrel and not a blended bunch is even more impressive. If this is what an Evan Wiliiams-aged Eclipse can produce, I can’t wait to try the other variations.

Phelps, May 21, 2011
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eclipse Evan Williams

Bottle 1682 shared by translucent.

Pours ½ finger of tan head. Good retention leaving thin lace rings. Color is black.

Aroma: Vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Chocolate with a light roast and some dark fruits (plums and grapes). Warming alcohol.

Taste: Much more whiskey flavors here, but enjoyable. Chocolate with a bit of char. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and some dark fruits. More roast than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, roasted, and warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of boozy but clean.

Overall, this was a really solid beer. Great whiskey flavors. Pretty easy drinking. I really enjoyed this one.

mothman, May 19, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release as part of an Eclipse tasting; huge thanks to Thorpe429, ChrisPro, callmemickey, rlmartin, corey70, and starrdogg for making this possible!

A: Black with dark brown glints; thin, soft layer of fine brown head. Attractive, but not quite as good as a couple of the others in the series.

S: Evil Williams really brings the vanilla. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and almost citrusy sweetness. Very nice indeed.

T: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, booze, coffee, and more vanilla. Sweet, boozy and tasty.

M: Smooth medium-to-full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Yet another great bourbon barrel variant in the impeccably awesome Eclipse series, EW is by far the sweetest and booziest (the '10 HH Rye might have been a trifle hotter, though), but that doesn't mean it's any less tasty. I think I preferred it slightly to the 4R, but both Pappy and EC absolutely blow it away. In any other company this would be a top-notch BA stout, but in this crazy tasting it's clearly second-tier - and I feel damned lucky to be able to say that.

Cheers!

woosterbill, May 16, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, next to the Elijah Craig, Pappy Van Winkle, Brandy, Four Roses Eclipse bottles, and some other barrel aged imperial stouts. This was consumed toward the end of the tasting and my notes are horrible, but I trust my judgment at that time: Fairly small head. Slightly better than 4 Roses. Coconut Sugars." To try to expand on that, if possible, it was probably the best of the three 2010 Eclipse bottles (PVW not included as that was 2008), but was still quite a bit under the 2009 bottles. The 2010 bottles all seemed fairly sugary and under attenuated.

JAXSON, May 10, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy, sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Amazing aroma of oak, wood and vanilla notes. Some chocolate and burnt molasses aromas.

T - It tasted of vanilla, wood, oak and cola. There was some nice chocolate, toffee and molasses.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fabulous brew. Outstanding aroma and flavor. Really great beer. Thanks for sharing, drfabulous!

zeff80, May 10, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged this in a trade a DLD.

A- Pours a black color with a pretty tiny brown head. Head becomes a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and a bit of wood.

T- Very roasted, with sweet chocolate, molasses, wood flavor, and bit of bourbon.

M- Pretty smooth feel to it. Full in body and low carbonation.

O- Very nice to drink. I'm try to get some of the others.

nrbw23, May 03, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nicks6217 for providing this for me.
Bottle #417 Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a deep, dark cola color. Settled black. Very little head with this. A dark mocha colored head that at best was a 1/4 inch high and went quickly to film and strips of milk chocolate. On swirling got a half a finger of head and also died off quickly. One circle of lacing on the glass and not much else.

S-- Vanilla, dark plum, coconut, and soft bourbon. This smells very nice. Coconut gets more apparent as it gets more air and is more of a toasted coconut smell. No ABV smell to this at all.

T-- Bourbon forward. Get more dark fruits, vanilla blossom, honey and coconut.

M-- Smooth. Dairy milk chocolate smooth. Touches of hotness, booze and thinness here and there. Low carbonation and medium feel. Really not all that big. Honey is also apparent in the mouth. I think gives it that softer, smooth appeal.

O-- Really nice. Booze does hit you after a bit but really the 9.5 is really well hidden. not as thick as I thought it would be. There are a few thin gaps in this. Honey gets bigger as I have drank on in this. Not sure I am big on the honey. Would prefer to taste more of the oak barrel though. Would buy again though

mulder1010, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of DosBeerigos
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Black
H: Dark Black
N: Chocolate, Bourbon, Vanilla

Three of these now tried and reviewed…..they all look similar, smell similar, and taste….well not so much. Starting to think I should have just stopped with the Purple Wax or Red Wax. Lighter body than the other two, and lets face it when the beer is that close, body is a lot. Good…..but my least favorite out of the group.

DosBeerigos, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of psiweaver
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery tulip at our little tasting last night and picked up on my recent trip to San Diego.

A pours a dark thick black with a little bit of a dark brown head. very thick as it almost slides into the glass

S: lots of bourbon and roasty malt with some chocolate and vanilla flavors. just a slight bourbon bite on the nose.

T: tons of rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Huge rich flavor profile with a ton of depth of flavor. A fantastic big stout.

M: perfect amount of carbonation with a very smooth mouth feel. very very easy drinking for the ABV and style.

overall a very good stout and one of the better barrel aged stouts i've ever had. I can't wait for my futures this year.

psiweaver, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of mistakebythelake
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this Eclipse version at the bal stout tasting in the Nati.

Served in a snifter revealing a black with brownish tints when held to some light. Slight head that left a bit of lacing on my glass. Dark malts, bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits. Tasted very similar to the smells yet was not as boozy or "hot" as I or a couple of us thought it would be. I enjoyed the vanilla and bourbon flavors a lot. Very balanced with the bourbon and malts and a creamy mouthfeel that went down pretty smooth. Definitely enjoyed this version and will probably let this version sit in my cellar for another half year and share again. Surprised at how drinkable it was.

mistakebythelake, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown. Clear with a nice touch of head. Smells incredibly chocolatey with some light bourbon characteristics. Tastes similar. Lote of chocolaty malt on the tongue. Overall a thick solid mouthfeel that was pretty solid. Definitely very drinkable for a fresh imperial stout aged in bourbon. Barrels

Urbancaver, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-nice black color with no head whatsoever
S-sweet burbon smell with a nice malty backbone
T-alot like it smells. More like a 4.25 and not a 4.0. Very mellow and smooth
M-medium body and smooth. Very nice
O-5.0 to make up for the taste to accuretly reflect my rating. Good brew

brew3crew, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into tulip, black with brown edges tiny bubbly collar. Pretty run of the mill in terms of looks. Smells like bourbon water, malty biscuits, alcohol, buttery toffee, kind of nutty vanilla. Taste is hot and boozey at first, vanilla bourbon, oak, spicy barrel char, slight roast in the end. Medium bodied with a light carbonation, very hot and a bit watery for the style. A decent tasting beer despite the alcohol presence. The mouthfeel kills this beer for me.

nkersten, Apr 16, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.